WHEN typhoon Ompong and the southwest monsoon swept through Luzon last year, incessant rains and strong winds disrupted the operations of health centers in the municipalities of Cabugao, Narvacan and Sta. Maria in the disaster-prone province of Ilocos Sur. Some of the strongest in recent memory, the calamities made it difficult for doctors, nurses and midwives to serve their constituents particularly in their time of need.
Rooms were flooded as water leaked inside the buildings. Walls, floors and windows were broken. Medicine cabinets, furniture and fixtures were damaged. The health centers were not in the best condition to deliver patient care as the accumulation of wear and tear brought the buildings into a state of disrepair.
The newly rehabilitated rural health units were turned over to their respective communities in ceremonies led by BDO Foundation President Mario Deriquito, BDO Foundation Program Director Rose Espinosa and BDO North Western Luzon Area Head Apolinario Aquino together with the heads of BDO and One Network Bank branches in Ilocos Sur.
According to Narvacan Rural Health Unit I municipal health officer Dr. Diana Director Lim, “On behalf of our patients and constituents, our local government and medical staff, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to BDO Foundation. We feel so blessed that out of the more than 30 municipalities in Ilocos Sur, Cabugao, Narvacan and Sta. Maria were selected by the foundation as beneficiaries of its rehabilitation program. Now we can serve our patients better.”
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